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How Fitness Releases Stress and Help you Lose Weight

Updated on September 11, 2012

1. Fitness with iPod:

In today's modern society, people utilize the technological advancements towards their benefit in many different ways. One might as well use this advantage to get fit!

My daughter in high school Junior was never a very athletic individual, choosing her studies for honor courses over her personality and inner beauty. She has PCOS, so she has started gaining weight, which was a quite depressing for her and at that point I knew that I had to do something about it and I know that she loves listening music on iPod. So, one day I told her to utilize the iPod as a fitness tool and take some time for herself and start walking to stay fit, because fitness with no music becomes quite tedious and boring. Now, she take 45-50 minutes out of her hectic schedule to perform walking routine with iPod. Believe it or not, it`s working and she actually look forward to do her iPod fitness routine daily because it gives her a chance to do something for herself instead of for educational purposes where she spend most of her time. Also, with the use of technology she don't tend to focus on how much time she has left but instead on the music of Owl City or Lady Gaga playing on her ipod. She walks and exercises with iPod regularly now.

Some time you find that exercise or workouts are boring, so try listening some music on your iPod, iPone, portable cd player, mp3 player or whatever motivates you to do exercise to stay fit.

2. Fitness for the Mind:

Because exercise releases the hormone beta endorphin, which has an effect similar to that of morphine, exercise is a natural tranquilizer and anti depressant. It also help ease anxiety, stress and better moods.

3. Fitness and Meals:

What you eat and when you eat, it will effect your endurance and ultimately your performance. So, why not give your body to right fuels to run on. Complex carbohydrates are your body`s most important source of energy. They supply glucose, which is stored in the muscles and liver as glycogen. During a typical workout it is glycogen that is used first as fuel. Glycogen is crucial for high intensity activities like weight lifting. After 10 to 20 minutes of moderate exercise the body will rely more heavily on fat stores for energy. Pasta, bread, cereal,fruits and vegetables are all excellent sources of complex carbohydrates to help you lose weight and maintain your health.

Avoid simple carbohydrate like candy bars and sweetened sports drinks before a workout because instead giving you a quick energy boost they trigger the release of insulin which takes sugar out of the blood. This drop in the level of blood sugar may actually hinder sports performance for up to an hour.

Diabetics: Exercise helps diabetics to make the body more sensitive to Insulin. Exercise reduces fat, which interferes with the work of Insulin. Type 2 diabetics may then be reduce their insulin requirements.

4. Fitness and Heart Rate:

During aerobic workouts your heart rate should within its training zone, defined as 60% to 80% of its maximum level.

Here is how to find your training zone;

1. Subtract your age from 220.

2. Multiply that figure by 0.6 to find the low end of your zone and multiply by 0.85 to find out the high end of your zone.

Different level of activity will require different heart rates. For low level activities such as walking keep your heart rate at 60 to 70% of its maximum for 40 to 50 minutes. Jogging will require heart rate of 70 to 85% for 18 to 25 minutes. And when running keep your heart rate near its maximum for only 12 to 18 minutes.

5. Fitness and Support Network:

Find your own style or niche. Some people like to working alone and keeping an independent exercise schedule. Others prefer exercising with a partner or group. So, find some group or exercisers who can give you company and walk with you. Join 10k step program.You may be inspired by what other people are accomplishing there. Your may enjoy mentoring a spouse, child or friend. Participate in race,pool party, golf tournament, tennis match or just walk around the park with your dog. Set long term goals, 6 months, 9 months or a year from now. This will keep you expecting instant result losing weight or gain in strength and endurance which take longer.


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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Thanks Alocsin, for commenting and feedback.

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Yet another reason for me to get this device -- to record my fitness goals. Voting this Up and Useful.